The following are tips and secrets for buying hearing aids. Even though each topic can be expanded upon greatly, they are summarized for your ease of understanding. Did you know that aspirin can cause hearing loss? And that supplements can return your hearing? Were you aware that hearing aids break down in two or three years and are considered obsolete by industry standards in five years? Or that recent Doctoral studies have found out that hearing loss can cause dementia? Even the number of teeth you have can determine your hearing loss! Read on and find out more of the in’s and out’s and scams of the hearing aid or hearing amplified world.
-The Audiology Squeeze
For years the audiology profession has dominated the hearing aid world. Just as you needed to see an optometrist for glasses when you were a kid, you can now buy reading glasses with your milk. Some people are even using the term “ear readers” today to describe the new wave of hearing amplifiers on the market. You do not have to pay thousands for an aid anymore, just a few hundred for a good one.
-The Difference Between Aids and Amplifiers
The difference is, there is none. At least not the cheaper one’s under a hundred dollars. They both basically amplify sound. All sound. Over a hundred dollars and you start making distinctions between analog aids and digital aids with different features.
-The Difference Between Analog or Digital
Analogs may be a little cheaper, but are basically a good hearing amplifier. The digital storm has changed hearing aids forever. They have a lot more features and benefits that analogs can ever hope to have.
-The Digital Scam
Because digital is so popular, a lot of companies advertise that they are selling digital aids when in fact they are selling digital programmable, or the like. Unless they say they are “100% digital”, they are not. Buyer beware!
-Rechargeable, The Journey Begins
There has been an out pouring of reviews that glorify the rechargeable today. Apparently one of the biggest features an inexpensive aid or amplifier is it’s rechargeable feature. Folks go on about how much easier it is to recharge than change (expensive) batteries. But be careful to look and see how long the batteries can be used on one recharge before you make a purchase.
-Warranties: The Buyer’s Safeguard
There are not a lot of warranties or return policies out there, especially in the cheaper hearing aids section. However there are some. There are even extended warranties if you look at the mid range priced aids. It’s always an advantage to have your purchase warrantied. A lot of people have received cheap hearing aids that only worked a short periods (hours) then failed. Money that’s just flushed away.
-“You Can’t See The Hearing Aid You’re Wearing” Scam
No matter what you put in your ear, it will need something for you to pull it back out with at the end of the day. People notice stuff like that. How can they not? Regardless, they do not disappear in thin air, so don’t be fooled.